Dragon eggs for sale in St George’s Market? Tourism Ireland brings Game of Thrones® to life in new campaign

~ New advertising campaign to showcase Northern Ireland to millions of Games of Thrones fans worldwide ~

22 April 2015: Fantastical Games of Thrones props – including dragon eggs and three-eyed ravens – have been appearing in surprising locations around Belfast and Northern Ireland over the past few weeks, as part of a new Tourism Ireland campaign created in partnership with HBO. Tourism Ireland is once again joining forces with HBO and its smash hit TV series Game of Thrones, to promote Northern Ireland around the world in 2015. Pictured are: Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s new 2015 Game of Thrones campaign.

22 April 2015 – Fantastical Games of Thrones props – including dragon eggs and three-eyed ravens – have been appearing in surprising locations around Belfast and Northern Ireland over the past few weeks, as part of a new Tourism Ireland campaign created in partnership with HBO®.

Three-eyed ravens, replicas of those used in Game of Thrones, were seen perched on top of old-fashioned wooden signs, specially erected to point the way to some of the iconic locations around Northern Ireland where the series is filmed. And replica dragon eggs were placed among fruit and vegetables in a market stall in St George’s Market in Belfast. The eggs were ‘for sale’ to people visiting the market for the price of 125 Gold Dragons – the currency used in Game of Thrones. What customers didn’t know was that one of the eggs was controlled by remote control and proceeded to rattle and wobble around, much to their surprise!

Photos and videos were taken of the props in the various locations – and will be promoted by Tourism Ireland to some 100 million Game of Thrones fans around the world, as ‘real news’ items in the new campaign.

Tourism Ireland is once again joining forces with HBO and its smash hit TV series Game of Thrones, to promote Northern Ireland around the world in 2015. The campaign will run for 14 weeks and will build on the hugely successful campaign of 2014 – which generated almost one million clicks, comments and shares and reached about 100 million fans across the world.

Timed to coincide with the return of the long-awaited fifth season of Game of Thrones, the campaign will be rolled out by Tourism Ireland, through Facebook and Twitter, in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. It aims to once again leverage the incredible success of the HBO brand and the huge global popularity of Game of Thrones and its strong associations with Northern Ireland – the physical home of the production for the series and where much of the filming takes place.

As well as extensive advertising on the two social media sites, Tourism Ireland will also target its own active fanbase – posting and tweeting to its almost 3 million Facebook fans and 226,000 followers on Twitter globally. The ads will direct fans to a specially-created section on Tourism Ireland’s international website, Ireland.com.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: Screen tourism is a growth area with high profile, large scale TV and film productions such as Game of Thrones showcasing Northern Ireland on an international scale. Viewers of the series from America, Australia and across the world now know places such as Dark Hedges in Country Antrim and Castle Ward in County Down. I welcome the partnership between HBO® and Tourism Ireland. This campaign will help to encourage audiences from around the world to visit the filming locations and not only experience for themselves the majestic beauty of our countryside but also our local cuisine, restaurants and hospitality.”

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with HBO in 2015, to highlight Northern Ireland and its beautiful landscape – through the exciting events of Game of Thrones – on the global stage. We aim to build on the success of last year’s campaign, reaching out to the show’s global fanbase and demonstrate the spectacular scenery of Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones fans worldwide will see these ads, spiking their curiosity about the landscapes and locations featured in the series and inspiring them to come and explore them for themselves.”

A second phase of the campaign will be rolled out by Tourism Ireland in the coming weeks – with even more surprises in store.

Ards and North Down Events Season is Under Way!

Ards and North Down Borough Council Tourism Events Team, are excited to announce the rest of their programme of events for the coming summer; after the hugely successful Easter Monday in Bangor the fun has only just begun!

The Easter Monday event was attended by 50,000 people, who basked in glorious sunshine and enjoyed the activities at “Pirate 24” and the highly-charged Trialstar bike show at The McKee Clock Arena.  The highlight of the day was the spectacular carnival parade which featured over 500 participants from local youth groups, sports groups, professional performers, live bands and local businesses.

Next up for Ards and North Down Events is the annual May Day event which is taking place on Monday, May 4. The popular annual festival will include top quality musical performances from The Monster Ceilidh Band and Folk Dance Remixed along with popular traditional favourites such as Maypole Dancing, local competitions, children’s entertainment and a huge array of stalls which will also keep all the family entertained throughout the day.

On Saturday May 9, as part of the national celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, Ards and North Down will be hosting a commemoration parade in conjunction with The Royal British Legion. The parade will take place at 2.30pm from The Town Hall and will include a mixture of approx. 500 veterans and serving officers. Also in keeping with the national celebrations listen out as church bells ring out across the town to mark this momentous time in history.

The Continental Market will be arriving at The McKee Clock Arena on Thursday May 14 for a five day stay. Featuring a wonderful range of foods and crafts from across Europe, the market has something for everyone and is a great day out for the whole family.

Then on Saturday, May 16, the Ards & North Down Pipe Championships will be taking place in Castle Park. This ever popular event will see Pipe Bands & Drum Majors travel from all over Northern Ireland to compete to become champions. The event is free and runs from 11am to 6pm.

The much-loved Sea Bangor Festival will be making a welcome return to the town on June 27 & 28. The maritime festival will include a tented village in Quay Street car park featuring the “Big Bangor Bake Off” competition which will be run by SERC, children’s activities, maritime themed street theatre, a food tent, a fantastic live music programme and so much more!  The festival will also welcome the tall ship Morganster along with a navy vessel which will be moored alongside The Eisenhower Pier and will be open to the public for the two days of the festival.  The tall ship will also be doing sailings; tickets for these sailings will be on sale in the coming weeks.

And don’t forget Summer Entertainment, live music in The Bandstand in Ward Park every Sunday in July and August. A wonderful opportunity to relax, with a picnic and listen to some fabulous live music, in the beautiful surroundings of Ward Park. These free events run from 3 – 5pm each Sunday.

This is just a taster of what’s coming up over the summer, please check out the Ards and North Down Events Guide or www.northdowntourism.com for more information on these events and other events coming up in 2015!

Take an Ideal Outdoor break in Tyrone and The Sperrins

Steeped in history and legend, with majestic highlands, lush rivers and rugged valleys, County Tyrone and the Sperrin Mountains is one of Northern Ireland’s most unspoilt and wild areas.

An Creagán is a superb site with a range of facilities and activities for families, couples, individuals and groups. Located between the historic town of Omagh and the market town of Cookstown at the foothills of the majestic Sperrin Mountains.

The county is well known for its spectacular countryside, stunning mountain ranges, traffic free wide open spaces and beautiful, largely undiscovered landscapes making Tyrone and the Sperrins ideal for a break in the outdoors.

Accommodation options include the Georgian elegance of the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry~Londonderry, the relaxing Corick House Hotel & Spa, Tyrone and Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. There is also a range of four and five star self-catering cottages and apartments, as well as B&B retreats in stunning surroundings.   

The region is ideal for those who like to get outside in the fresh air, whether that’s to enjoy a gentle stroll around the Sperrin foothills or a more exhilarating mountain walk.  After an invigorating walk there are lots of cosy pubs and restaurants where visitors can enjoy a drink and rest their feet beside a roaring fire. From walking and cycling to more adventurous pursuits, there’s something to suit all interests and abilities.

Omagh and Strabane District Councils, Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and Derry City Council are working together to promote the Tyrone and Sperrins tourism offering.

For more information on Tyrone and the Sperrins visit: www.nitb.com/Destinations/TyroneSperrins

What’s On in Ard and North Down

Sat 25 April to Fri 1 May

Saturday 25 April, Dawn Chorus Walk, Castle Park in Bangor

Free, pre-booking essential. Starts 5am.

Join bird expert Dot Blakely as the sun comes up over Bangor, for an early morning master class in how to recognise the songs of the dawn chorus.

Dot’s tour will also take in the natural habitats of the birds and animals who live in the park.

Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069

Ards Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9182 6846

Book online

Saturday 25 April, Meet the Maker: ‘the Beauty of Clay – Get your hands dirty’

Ards Crafts, Craft & Design Centre, 31 Regent Street in Newtownards

Tickets: £12 inc materials; Age 18+. Limited numbers, pre-booking essential.

10.30am – 12.30pm

A ceramics workshop with Ellen Cunningham & Ashleigh Collim

Info and booking: Tel: (028) 9182 6846

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Groomsport Harbour

Free entertainment, 2pm-4pm.

Sat 25: Jumping Clay, Children’s Crafts

Sun 26: Casey’s Creatures, Face Painting

Cottages open to the public 11am-5pm. Free admission

Info: Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk, visitardsandnorthdown.com

Friday 1 May, Friday Night Live – Sarah McQuaid

Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards

Tickets: £8 in advance*, £10 at  the door  (*booking fee applies)

Doors Open at 7.30pm, starts at 8pm.

A return visit from Sarah who will seduce her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road as well as her stunning music.

She spans the genres with both beautiful crafted originals and material from around the globe. Bring your own bottle.

Box Office: 028 9181 0803, Book online

Sat 2 May to Fri 8 May

Saturday 2 May, Copeland Island Bird Observatory Tour

Tickets: £12/£10 (Children under 14 accompanied by adult £6), pre-booking essential. Starts 1pm.

This trip to ‘Bird Isle’, home of the Bird Observatory, is a treat for amateur ornithologists, wildlife enthusiasts, and plant lovers alike.

Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069

Ards Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9182 6846

Book online

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Groomsport Harbour

Free entertainment, 2pm-4pm.

Sat 2: Science Show: ‘Gold and Gem Panning’, Children’s Crafts

Sun 3: Plant and Play: ‘Make your own Fairy Garden’ Workshop

Cottages open to the public 11am-5pm. Free admission

Info: Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk, visitardsandnorthdown.com

Sunday 3 May, Hysterical Historics Newtownards Walking Tour

Tickets: £6/£5 concession (Children under 14 accompanied by adult £3), pre-booking essential. Starts 2pm.

Take a ‘hysterical history’ lesson for the whole family as you encounter murky and macabre characters from across the centuries in unexpected corners

of Newtownards Town Centre. Kids and grown-ups alike will love this hysterical twist on tales from the Ards.

Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069

Ards Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9182 6846

Book online

Sunday 3 May, Historic Holywood and Ulster-Scots Walk

Tickets: £3, pre-booking essential. Starts 2.30pm.

Enjoy an informative stroll through Holywood’s colourful history.

Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069

Ards Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9182 6846

Book online

Monday 4 May – Bank Holiday Monday

Merry May Day, Holywood Town Centre

Free event, 10am-4pm

Family fun for all! Traditional Maypole Dancing, Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, Food and Charity Stalls, highlight of the event is a performance by the Monster Ceilidh Band perform an

infectious blend that fuses UK folk, with drum & bass.

Info: Bangor Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk, visitardsandnorthdown.com

Monday 4 May, ‘Happy Bank Holiday’ – Fun children’s Activities

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Free event, 2pm-4pm

Keep the children entertained on May Bank Holiday with free art and crafts activities for children.

Info: Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, (028) 4272 9882, ardsvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk, visitardsandnorthdown.com


Ards Crafts & Visitor Information Centre

31 Regent Street, Newtownards BT23 4AD

T: 028 9182 6846. Admission Free

Saturday 2 – Saturday 30 May

Meet the Maker: ‘Green Wood Works’

Green Woodworker Alexey Janes

North Down Museum, Bangor

Castle Park Avenue, located by Bangor Castle (Town Hall) BT20 4BT

T: 028 9127 1200. Admission Free

Tuesday 31 March – Thursday 30 April

Paintings: U3A Art Groups

Saturday 2 – Sunday 31 May

Historical Storyboard: Mining Heritage

Until Sunday 17 May

Exhibit: En-gauge with the past, history of the railway

Friday 1 May – Thursday 28 May

The Great War: Through the words of the County Down Spectator & Newtownards Chronicle

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

The Stables, Castle Street BT22 1NZ

T: 028 4272 9882. Admission Free

Saturday 2 – Saturday 30 May

Art in the Loft: ‘Follow the Thread – From Ewe to You’ Fibre art by the Ulster Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers

Downloadable Guides

2015 Ards and North Down Events Guide

2015 Experience Ards and North Down Tours


Return travel by car and seven nights’ accommodation from only £899* with Stena Line

LEADING ferry company, Stena Line, has launched a fantastique special offer giving two adults & two children the chance to enjoy a family break to Center Parcs Les Bois Francs in Normandy from only £899* when booked by Monday April 27.

This includes return travel by car departing on Thursday June 18 from Rosslare to Cherbourg with a 4 berth cabin onboard (on both crossings), seven nights’ accommodation in a Premium Cottage and access to Aqua Mundo tropical swimming paradise, entertainment and selected activities.

This works out at less than £225 per person for travel and seven nights’ accommodation.

Center Parcs Les Bois Francs has lots to keep the whole family entertained including a children’s pool, Water Playhouse providing incredible fun in the water with water cannons; a huge Aqua Mundo with wild water rapids and a 9-hole golf course. Adults can relax in the Deep Nature Spa which includes a large wellness centre with a wide range of massages and beauty treatments.

For further information click on www.stenaline.co.uk/centerparcs call 08445 768 889 or visit your local travel agent.

*Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.

The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair Returns To Belfast

Brides from all over Ireland will be saving the date for The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair taking place at Malone House Belfast on Sunday 17th May.

Brought to you by the original and inventive folks at Frock Around The Clock, the special event will showcase fifty inspirational wedding exhibitors offering handmade, vintage, bespoke and DIY wedding services for creative couples including dresses, bridal accessories, flowers, stationery, transport, cakes, photography, favours, event styling, bouquets, hair and make-up artistry, jewellery, and much more!

Creative Director Becky Moore says ‘The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair is a cool and stylish event aimed at couples who want a personalised wedding; a day that reflects their personalities and celebrates their unique relationship and experiences together. Our wedding fairs are a celebration of the genius crafty and creative wedding talent that we have right here in Ireland, so you will find fashion-forward inspiration and experts who can create tailor-made wedding products and services to suit your taste, personality and imagination. You will also find carefully sourced, authentic vintage treasures from dresses and jewellery to china teasets and sparkling glassware, so you can be sure that no-one else is going to have the exact same look on their wedding day – it all makes for a less ordinary feel with a twist on the traditional. We also address the big trend for DIY weddings – for the couples who want to have a go at crafting various elements of their wedding day we also have sellers who are great at inspiring you to get creative and experimental with gorgeous fabrics, haberdashery, pretty papers, stamps and kits! Our fairs are fun but relaxed, gorgeously glamorous but friendly, designed to put you at ease and make planning your big day a pleasure. Unlike many other wedding events, most of the products and vintage treasures can even be purchased and taken away on the day!’
The impressive exhibitor list includes authentic vintage gowns from Archive 12, and Norma Jean Vintage, limited edition bridal headpieces by Emily Loves Vintage, beautiful handcrafted bouquets from Innocent Chaos, exquisitely designed cakes from The Little Cupcakery and Candytuft Cakes, heirloom quality designer vintage jewellery from Lulu and Belle, couture handcrafted stationery from Arbee* Stationery Design, inspirational photography from You Them Us, and DIY crafty wedding supplies from Hampton Blue and I Of The Needle.

The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair will take place on Sunday 17th May from 12-5pm at Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast BT9 5PB. Admission costs £5 at the door and there will be goody bags for the first 100 visiting brides. Updates and details of special offers available on the day will be posted on facebook.com/frockaroundtheclockweddings and the full exhibitor list is available to view on the website frockfairsni.com.


We all lead busy lives and there is nothing wrong in looking for support to get through the ups and downs, so says one local charity as it launches courses to focus on our mental health and overall wellbeing.

Kicking off in early May and running for six weeks, Aware Defeat Depression, is hosting mindfulness courses in the Ramada Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge every Wednesday from May 20 and The Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry every Friday from 1 May.

Mindfulness is a world recognised technique that can help participants decrease anxiety, worry and stress and help them focus their energy and enthusiasm on improving their personal and professional life.

Aware Chief Executive, Siobhan Doherty said, “Our mindfulness courses provide people with the tools that will enable and empower them to discover their full potential by tapping into their reservoir of resilience. We often welcome young mums who are struggling to adjust to thechange a baby brings to their lives, retired people who are looking for a new focus, busy business people in need of some personal time and of course those who are suffering from depression and low self esteem. Mental health is often stigmatised and we want our mindfulness courses to break down these barriers and offer a safe environment to work through a participant’s issues.”

Aware have employed its own Mindfulness Practitioner, Frank Liddy, who will deliver the courses. Frank has more than 25 years experience in the mental health sector and has been at the forefront of developing creative mindfulness based initiatives to communities across Northern Ireland.

Frank Liddy said, “Each group session is tailored to explore the direct experiences of the participants and the obstacles that arise in everyday life. There is a weekly theme that unfolds through guided mindfulness practices that brings benefits to participants. After the six weeks, when participants have committed fully to the course, we know they will discover a new way of being, gain confidence and awareness, as well as developing the tools and skills necessary to deal with life’s challenges.”

Aware is the leading charity in the north that works exclusively for those experiencing depression.  They are also specialise in the promotion of positive mental health and early intervention services.  Since 1996 it has been providing support to those experiencing depression and their carers.

If you wish to attend the Aware mindfulness course, you must register your interest at www.aware-ni.org


Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (April 27 – May 3).

  • A Wilde Weekend, various venues, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, May 1-4.  The inaugural A Wilde Weekend festival will take place on May Day Bank Holiday Weekend across venues in Enniskillen and Fermanagh celebrating the life and work of Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. The Wilde Weekend tells a story and brings local history alive to visitors. Various times depending on location.
  • Festival of Fools, various venues around Belfast, May 1-4. The Festival of Fools opens with “Cast Off” where you should expect stunning choreography combining aerial feats with acrobatic prowess and manipulative mastery. The mirth and mayhem continues until May 4 with more than 120 performances across the streets of Belfast City Centre and Cathedral Quarter, free of charge, celebrating the best of street theatre, circus and comedy from around the world.  Various times depending on location.
  • Brian Boru Festival, Armagh, Co Armagh, until April 28-29, The Brian Ború Festival 2015 tells the dramatic story of Brian Ború through a series of events with a focus on why Armagh was crucial in his bid to be Emperor of the Irish.
  • High Tea at Sea, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Downpatrick, Co Down, May 3. Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference. See the sights of Strangford Lough before stopping of in a beautiful spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea and some homemade scones. You might get to explore Salt Island or even see the seals playing at the Angus Rocks Lighthouse. The trip incorporates the Strangford Sea Safari tour so you really will be spoilt for sights to see.  Suitable for age 8 years +. Time confirmed on booking.
  • Jamie Cullum Jazz Festival, Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street, Derry~Londonderry, Co Londonderry, May 4. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Cullum returns to the city for his debut performance at the City of Derry Jazz Festival. Jamie has enjoyed a hugely successful career resulting in collaborations with everyone from Pharrell Williams to Los Angeles production maestro, Greg Wells, and genius re-imaginings of tracks by Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley.
  • Causeway Coast Challenge Walk, Beach Road, Portballintrae, Co Antrim, May 3. The event is now in its 36th year and continues to attract walkers from across the island wishing to experience the very best that the Causeway Coastal Route has to offer. Last year 186 persons took part in the 30km walk along the rugged coastal path with outstanding sea views towards Rathlin Island and also many Scottish islands. From 8am.
  • Elves and Shoemaker, Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, Co Tyrone, April 28-29. Fidget Feet’s production of The Elves and The Shoemaker is an immersive storytelling experience with music and aerial circus for all the family. There is no stage, you will join them inside their workshop and actually help them to make the best pair of shoes ever made. Herman, Daisy and the Elves need your help! Show times – 10am and 11.30am with evening shows available on Tuesday.
  • I’ll Tell Me Ma, MAC, Exchange Street West, Belfast, April 28. A one-woman show charting the adventures and misadventures of four generations of West Belfast women. A hilarious, touching and entertaining show not to be missed! Show time 2pm.
  • Copeland Island Bird Observatory, Copeland Island Bird Observatory, Newtownards, County Down, May 2. This trip to ‘Bird Isle’, home of the Bird Observatory, is a treat for amateur ornithologists, wildlife enthusiasts and plant lovers alike. It offers an opportunity to observe at close quarters a wide range of birds including the Manx Shearwater and Storm Petrel. From 1pm-4pm.
  • MCM Belfast Comic Con, King’s Hall Exhibition & Conference Centre, Balmoral, Belfast, May 2-3. A great weekend of comic con goodness. Special guests, games, movies, anime, retailers, cosplay competitions and, of course, a host of brilliant comic book artists and writers will all be waiting for you, so come along for the second ever Northern Ireland event!

Please note some of the events require pre-booking.

Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of What’s On this weekend across NI


Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart this Sunday 26th April. Sorry no BBQs. Adult: £8, Child: £4, Family: £20, National Trust Members: free.


It’s a busy weekend this weekend at the Argory! On Saturday hundreds of vintage vehicles will descend upon The Argory as they host their famous vintage vehicle rally. A must-see event for all vehicle enthusiasts. Then on Sunday you’re invited to step back to the 1800s for a Victorian Tea Party to see what really went on behind closed doors in the Victorian big house. Get the gossip from the Housekeeper and the Lady’s Maid and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea; finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge, homemade scones and other traditional delights.


This County Armagh based Big Band PM features the classic line-up of trumpets, trombones and saxophones and will perform live at the Ardhowen Theatre this Saturday evening at 8.00pm.  The band’s programme recreates the sound of the swing era, playing the music of famous big bands such as Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; the music of the ‘Great American Songbook’ and singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Michael Buble; and swing interpretations of modern standards.


See “Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions” this Friday 24th April at the Alley Theatre Strabane. Meet Zoe, a back stage worker who dreams of landing an acting job. Her senile agent sends her on a spree of inappropriate auditions ranging from “Riverdance” to “Spiderman, to being shot out of a cannon for a touring circus.  As she gets farther from her dream, Zoe just might be getting closer to herself … A heart-warming, comically uplifting tale of self-realization. “Be yourself, everyone else is taken,” – Oscar Wilde. Also suitable for children 9yrs and up.


A Slice of Broadway Comes to the Riverside Theatre Coleraine from 24th April for 10 shows only as the Musical Portrush Music Society return with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webbers iconic and award winning musical Evita.  Evita is the spellbinding story of Eva, a poor Argentine girl born out of wedlock who grows into a dynamic, larger-than life woman who marries the former Argentine dictator Juan Peron which leads her to be worshipped by the people of Argentina.


Kilcoan Gardens, Islandmagee opens its gates to the public this Saturday and Sunday. Come and enjoy a tour of the garden with a focus on keeping colour and interest in your garden in spring. Followed by tea, coffee and homebaked treats. Plants will be available to purchase.


This Saturday at the Belvoir Studio Theatre, The pupils of the Belfast School of Performing Arts present Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR., a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! With timeless classics such as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” this show is perfect for all of the family!

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Series of events planned to mark one of Armagh’s leading figures

Armagh commemorates life, death and burial of Ireland’s last High King

This month, locals and visitors alike are invited to Armagh to celebrate the life and times of Brian Ború, Ireland’s last and greatest High King, as part of a festival celebration in Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, Armagh.

Following last year’s 1,000-year anniversary of the death of Brian Ború, who is buried in the grounds of Armagh’s iconic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and, due to overwhelming demand, the High King’s legacy will be honoured again on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th April 2015 with an exciting programme of cultural events.

Harnessing the rich local artistic talent and historical expertise which Armagh is famous for the world over, visitors to the city have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the life of Ireland’s greatest warrior.

On Tuesday 28th April, a Brian Ború Legacy Sculpture will be unveiled in the gardens of Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. At 7.30pm, ‘The Waking of Brian Ború – The Poet’s Story’ – will attract visitors for a musical drama telling Brian Ború’s story.

The ticketed performance uses song, dance, drama and music to conjure up images of a time long-gone, and with the unique setting of Ború’s final resting place, this historic event promises to create thrilling, spine-tingling theatre.

On Wednesday 29th April, two special events will use the unique settings of Armagh Observatory and the Hill of Armagh with their resident experts to give visitors a glimpse into Brian Ború’s world.

One of the highlights of the celebration will be the Brian Ború Feast at the Navan Centre and Fort on the evening of Wednesday 29th Apri which will feature a thrilling re-enactment of Brian Ború and his compatriots celebrating the success of their march through the area during which they gathered slaves, livestock, gold and silver. The Brian Ború Feast will take place on Wednesday 29th April from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby, said:

“The legacy which Brian Ború has left on Armagh is evident to the present day and the 2015 celebration events provide a unique opportunity to commemorate his enduring history and legacy.

“From community performances to special events at our wonderful visitor attractions, I would encourage everyone to come along to as many of the events as possible, even if they’re not aware of the history of Brian Ború, as this is a great opportunity to learn about one of Armagh’s ancient figures.”

For more information and to book tickets to the events, visit www.armagh.co.uk/brianboru2015 or contact Armagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 3752 1800. Events are ticketed separately or visitors can choose to purchase a festival pass for all four events for £40.00.